The reserve was established by the local community of Santa Catalina de Chongoyape in 2000 to protect their natural resources and to allow them to seek sustainable alternatives to reduce poverty and improve standards of living in the area. The area is rich in endemic and threatened species, with the fore-front of the conservation efforts being the protection of white-winged guan, Andean condors, and Andean bears. This is largely done through the work the team does at their ecolodge and animal rescue centre.
Rescue & Rehabilitation
Chaparri’s specially designed facility is currently home to 7 bears that have been confiscated from illegal captivity by government authorities and passed to Chaparri. Many of these bears arrive undernourished and having lived in incredibly poor conditions. Here, they are fed a balanced diet and get to live in large enclosures within their natural habitat. A recent expansion of this facility means there is now 6 enclosures on site. It is hoped that some of the bears will be able to be reintroduced to their natural habitat. Bears that cannot be reintroduced are maintained in enclosures where the public can visit and learn about the species.
Ecotourism & Community
The reserve entrance fee paid by each visitor is distributed through the community to support the local schools and healthcare, provide community security, cover community administration costs, pay park guards and maintain the reserve. Additionally, projects to develop and implement sustainable alternatives such as organic honey production and native cotton production are being implemented. The reserve also provides opportunity for free enterprise through the selling of souvenirs and foods to visitors. The Chaparri EcoLodge also supports the community by providing training for staff, and funding educational activities within the community, as well as the now famous “ChocolaPava Navidena” Christmas party for all the community children.